Lenovo plans for Motorola to return to the tablet market

by: Rob TriggsOctober 14, 2014
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Motorola may not have released a new tablet in the past few years, but Lenovo, the brand’s new owner, has a few plans in the works. Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing recently revealed plans to release new tablets under the Motorola brand, just as the company continues to do with some of its new smartphones.

While Lenovo already has its own range of tablets, it believes that the Motorola brand still holds strong recognition in European and American markets, and will be a useful tool in developing successful relationships with telecom operators. Lenovo views the Motorola brand as the key to cracking into markets dominated by Samsung and Apple tablets. The company will also continue to make the most of its “dual-brand” strategy, marketing some products under the Lenovo logo where the brand is more well-known.

However, analysts are concerned that the tablet market is already approaching maturity, with growth slowing to 12.4 percent over the past year. The concern is that Lenovo may struggle to make much of an impact, even with the Motorola brand name.

Lenovo’s CEO didn’t give anything away about any future Motorola tablets, unfortunately, so we might have to wait a while longer until a new product appears. Would you like to see Motorola back in the tablet game?

  • Moku

    As long as it continues Motorola’s Android strategy. If it ends up being soaked with bloatware, then I’ll pass.

    • HelloJello

      Q: “Would you like to see Motorola back in the tablet game?”
      A: Yes.

    • Guest 123

      This is what I’m worried about, Lenovo reverting Motorola back to heavily skinned and full of bloat thus no or very slow updates. If they continue with Moto’s current strategy they will be my #1 recommendation.

      • Moku

        My thoughts exactly. Loving my new Moto X, hope they continue that sort of direction under Lenovo.

        • crutchcorn

          Oh yeah. I’m hoping that this is just some exec telling Moto “hey, go make a tablet. Have fun and get back to me” and THAT’S IT

  • Stephen Sharp

    The Market may be full of tablets in general, but no Ubuntu Touch tablets! Would like to see them try their hand at Android/Ubuntu tab

    • SVem26

      not going to happen buddy.. Ubuntu touch was DOA..

      • Stephen Sharp

        I’m curious as to why? First phones coming out soon, and progress is being made with convergence :)

        • SVem26

          Coming out soon? Didn’t know. I thought that the project was abandoned after that failed kickstarter

          • Stephen Sharp

            Ah, nope, that was just Ubuntu’s own branded reference device. Meizu phone coming in December, but Ubuntu Touch has been officially supported on Nexus 4 for a while, and unofficially on many devices. Ubuntu for Android is practically dead though since it’s completed and no OEM has used it :/ But Ubuntu touch is progressing quite nicely ^-^

          • iANDROID8.1

            If it all turns out well, Meizu will be Canonical’s last hope of brining Ubuntu touch to the masses

  • frhow

    Yes, the more the better. Competition is a good thing.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Crap. I knew Lenovo is gonna ruin them. I expected to hear the speedy updates and stock android staying in place.

    Tablets are becoming oversaturated as people are less likely to switch per year compared to smartphones. There’s less money to be made here.

    • Mike Reid

      Yeah.

      It’s a bad sign when they talk about using the Motorola “brand”.

  • Xavier

    Google killed the android tablet game with their nexus 7-9-10. Unless Motorola/Lenovo finds a niche market somewhere in there to exploit, I think a tablet would be a failure.

  • Will Ś.

    I hope they include a battery inside it, unlike on Moto phones.

    • StraightEdgeNexus

      Check the Note 4 price near you, check the Z3 price near you and then compare it to Moto X’s price.
      And then you’ll realize how insane were both of you that day.

      • Will Ś.

        Those are new phones…Compare it with GS5 & One M8…

        • StraightEdgeNexus

          And Moto X is an old phone? Did you drop your brains somewhere?
          Even then moto X is cheaper(about $50-60 difference) compared to both.

          • Will Ś.

            Link or it ain’t true!

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Hmm?

          • Will Ś.

            That Moto X is $50 cheaper than GS5 & M8…But I just realised that it is hundreds of $$$ cheaper than them in U$A but not in rest of the world.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            It is way cheaper in my region.

          • Potato

            That’s a special case in your region.
            GS5 costs $520 in my country and since you hate TW and apparently you are going to root your phone why not get a GS5 and flash CM on it.

          • Will Ś.

            Sure. Link or it ain’t true.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Idiotå haters can deny anything…..

          • Will Ś.

            If there is a link, we can’t deny it!

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Cut that crap, android 5.0 lolipop is official!

          • Will Ś.

            I’m getting to that news, just reading about everything else that happened today first!

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Man, I’m crying, I don’t have a PC nearby nor my nexus 7, just a shitty Galaxy with slow ass connection. :(

          • Will Ś.

            I know the feeling man, for some reason in my workplace I can’t get a decent signal…You should buy a WP, its far better than low end Android…

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            I know, but I’m getting a high end droid, and won’t change it for atleast two years.
            BTW dat Nexus 9 is quite a beast, tegra k1, 4:3 display, damn its too expensive though :(

          • Will Ś.

            What I like the look of so far, is the Nexus 6! Its beautiful for a Nexus product and those bezels look beautiful too!

            As for the Nexus 9…Meh, I’ve never been a huge fan of Android tablets and this doesn’t really change my view. I honestly don’t see anything great about it. But of course its by no standard a bad tablet.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            There’s nothing wrong with android tablet unless its a crappy 10″ 16:9/10 one. I’ve always had one big problem on my nexus 7- the screen, it’s a beautiful one, but the diagonal and the aspect ratio are just annoying. Its good for nothing.
            Now that android tablets are coming with 4:3 ratio, I’ve no problems at all, only if I could afford one….

          • Potato

            What do you think about Nexus 9?
            I really like it but the price is more than I expected. Specs is amazing and with Boomsound they have made it better. Let’s see what Apple will bring tomorrow.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            I’ve always dreamt of a 4:3 android tablet, and that day has come.
            Its a beast for sure, I find it more interesting than nexus 6.

          • Potato

            Yes, I was also interested in Galaxy Tab S but the aspect ratio and TW was stopping me but I think Google and HTC (which is a surprise) has fixed with thing.

            I totally love the Nexus 6 but it is insanely giant and the pricing is disappointing.
            There is no reason to get Nexus 6 unless you want faster updates and stock Android experience. I think Moto X is a better deal if you want stock Android with affordable price and average size.. and since its a Moto so they will update it on time.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Are you going to upgrade this year?

          • Will Ś.

            Yeah, if the Nexus 6 has 9 hours web and 9 hours video, its my new phone. Otherwise, its GS5 this Christmas…

          • Potato

            GS5? Better get a Note 4..

          • Will Ś.

            Too expensive, Galaxy Notes since last year cost more than iPhones over here! I mean I can afford it, but lets just say my wife will go mad!

          • Potato

            You said you don’t have wife?

            Why not the Note 3 if you are looking for a big device? Note 3 ain’t outdated yet. It is still a beast.

          • Will Ś.

            Note 3 is outdated!

          • Potato

            Still a better phone than Moto X lol

          • Will Ś.

            LOL

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Total idiotás!

          • Will Ś.

            Yeah Moto X & Nexus 6.

            Anyway, you a top commenter on AP yet?

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            not yet, I used to comment here before gsmarena though. I like the pocketnow style articles here.

          • Will Ś.

            Yeah Android Police is better than Adroid Authority, I read their articles from time to time but comment here for the sake of being a top commenter…

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            after commenting at AP for 2-3 days, I realized that they never talk sense, lol. Good place for upvotes though, 1000grabbed in three days ^_^

          • You cheater!

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Hey, why are you stalking me all over the internet :(

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            *Gives a middle finger salute to both trolls*

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            I wish I had more money, I want that nexus 9 so badly, its so awesome! :( Sleek design, dat badass display, Powerful chipset, android 5.0.
            And why the hell are stock android phone options so limited….
            Nexus 5- no battery, no camera
            Moto X- imperfect
            Nexus 6- too big, no guarantee for camera and battery….

          • Will Ś.

            So you admit Moto has no battery & camera? To be fair, you can find limitations or something wrong with all phones…

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            I don’t, but it has flaws, can’t deny.
            I like compact phones, the nexus 6 blew everything out of proportions. A 6″ display means its almost as big as my nexus 7, which means my tablet is obsolete if I buy it.

          • Potato

            Isn’t it too big?

          • Will Ś.

            Its fine for me, I’ve tried a few large devices at the phone shop and I feel I can adapt…But most people appear to hate the size increase.

            And we should give Moto Nexus a chance until the review; maybe the large battery, S805 efficiencies might = good battery. Lets wait for the reviews. It might even have a camera too!

          • Potato

            Well, I am still skeptical about large devices. I have tried my friend’s Note 2 and I found it insanely big. I am currently in the market looking for a phone but I can’t decide. I will either get LG G2, Note 3 or Nexus 5 (its really cheap). I totally love Note 3 but the size is.. I don’t know if I can deal with it.

            Let’s see. Nexus devices have never been good at battery life nor the Moto devices have been and on top of it it has a QHD panel. Let’s just wait for the review.. but I don’t have high expectations for it.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            You don’t seem to be online when you are at work eh? Is your workplace anti-internet?

          • Will Ś.

            Its complicated…But I kinda got a promotion today (the ones where you don’t get a pay rise), so I should be able to comment more from now!!! (depending on workload of course)

          • Potato

            Congrats. But I thought you will get promotion in January.

          • Will Ś.

            Thats hopefully a real promotion, this one is more like a reshuffle!

          • Potato

            Oh. Good luck for that.

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Anyway for lolipop news, go to AP, other sites are still developing news. Here’s for headstart. http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/10/15/its-officialandroid-l-is-android-5-0-lollipop/

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            Off topic: I’m requesting AOSP to add native theme engine for stock android (like in cyanogenmod ROM), you do it too!

          • Will Ś.

            Sweet. Is this your email address: Straight…@gmail.com?

          • StraightEdgeNexus
          • Will Ś.

            You’re very smart for doing that unlike some idiots I know that used their real emails/Facebooks for login into Disqus. When I see people trolling and I click on their FB, I’m shocked by their age every time! I thought they were kids but some of them are almost middle age and have kids!!!

            Btw, I made a fake email & FB over a year ago for Disqus & tech too!

            But seriously, remove your email now, don’t want people to hack into your account!

          • Potato

            I am one on those idiot. But I am stuck on this email/account :@

          • Will Ś.

            Yeah, I was referring to you & DHD in that comment. And I think you can change emails in Disqus but that ain’t important as long as you don’t tell anyone your email.

          • Potato

            Okay. Let me try changing my email today.. I hope I won’t lose my upvotes and comments.

          • Will Ś.

            I hope you do

          • Potato

            Oh crap. Its day 3 and we are arguing over Moto X..

          • Will Ś.

            *Lenovo X

            FTFY

          • StraightEdgeNexus
          • Will Ś.

            And you calling GS5 & M8 old?

            Go home bro, you’re drunk!

          • StraightEdgeNexus

            U wut m8?!

      • Mazz

        Then check the price of the Xperia Z3C, which is the same price as the X. It’s a lot smaller (I have both), yet has 300 mAh more than the current X. It also has a much better camera and the same internals as the X, and like I said before it has this in a much smaller package (and the same price). My point? Moto could have given it a bigger battery, and if you ask me, they should have. When I get 5 hours of Sot and 13 hours off the charger with my Z3C, I get 3 hours of SoT and 13 hours charge with the X. Big difference. I would have gladly paid $600 for a Moto X with a 2600+ mAh battery.

        And yes, I know that you can’t compare the 2 as equals, the Moto X has a better build and a metal frame, I know since I own it, but there is no excuse for the average battery life of the X. It’s the only thing separating the X from being the perfect android phone IMO.

  • chickenfactory

    Off topic from tablets, but if Lenovo adds any skin on top of any Motorola phone, they lost one customer. Keep it stock (with useful features like how it is now) or I am out

  • Max_Freedom

    I think the Moto Razr was the last straw for a lot of people. No thanks.